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The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda PalmerRock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the worlds most successful music Kickstarter.
Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isnt alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of The Art Of Asking.
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. The Art Of Asking will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
Amanda Palmer commands attention. But the former street performer, then Dresden Dolls frontwoman, now solo artist hit a bump the week her world tour kicked off. She revealed plans to crowdsource additional local backup musicians in each tour stop, offering to pay them in hugs, merchandise and beer per her custom. Bitter and angry criticism ensued she eventually promised to pay her local collaborators in cash. And it's interesting to consider why.
Palmer wrote the book over a four-month period during early , after performing at the Sydney Festival. In the book Palmer details her early life as a performer and further expands on topics covered in her speech at the TED talks. Critical reception for The Art of Asking has been mixed. She writes as though the biggest obstacle to getting the help you need is a reluctance to ask — not, say, ingrained social structures having to do with race and class". The book made The New York Times bestsellers lists. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The art of asking - Amanda Palmer
So, I didn't always make my living from music. For about the five years after graduating from an upstanding liberal arts university, this was my day job. I was a self-employed living statue called the Eight-Foot Bride, and I love telling people I did this for a job, because everybody always wants to know, who are these freaks in real life. I painted myself white one day, stood on a box, put a hat or a can at my feet, and when someone came by and dropped in money, I handed them a flower — and some intense eye contact. And if they didn't take the flower, I threw in a gesture of sadness and longing — as they walked away.
Amanda Palmer readily acknowledges that her punk cabaret style of music isn't for everyone though I, for one, like a lot of her Dresden Dolls stuff , but the nearly minute talk that she gave on "The Art of Asking" at the annual TED Conference seemingly might be for nearly everyone: The YouTube edition of the video was fast-approaching K views as of Monday morning and the buzz is growing. Video embedded below. Palmer in her talk documents her approach to truly connecting with her audience, whether it be couch surfing at the homes of strangers or asking for donations via KickStarter. She says social media enables much of this connectedness, but a lot of it is face to face as well or face to every other part of her body, as Palmer has on numerous occasions invited fans to get very up close and personal with her. Similarly to Huffington Post, my initial reaction to watching Palmer's talk over the weekend was: How might this apply to me, as an editor. How can we better connect with our audience?